Category Archives: Cave la Romaine

Cooking with wine means you have to put some in your food too

We’ve been doing a lot of wine tastings lately, and people have asked questions about cooking with wine.   Since many of us will be cooking a lot over the next month, I thought I’d share some of the discussions I’ve … Continue reading

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Baked Chicken When It’s Too Hot to Bake

One of my favorite homey dinner standbys is baked chicken (bone-in chicken parts).  The recipe is so easy, I’m almost too embarrassed to publish it (but not quite 😉 ) You can prepare the chicken a number of different ways – … Continue reading

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If we were a Cabernet, we’d just be getting drinkable — five years of wine importing and internet retailing

I don’t know how the time went so quickly.  On May 14, 2007, First Vine got its first shipment of wine.  Four pallets with seven wines from four producers in the Southern Rhône Valley.   On that day, First Vine opened … Continue reading

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First Vine News Roundup

It has been a while since I wrote with news about First Vine and our wines.  So this week I have a few items to share. In This Case, You Can Judge a Wine by its Label When I think … Continue reading

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In Season/On Special: Root Vegetables

When you see them in the stores or at the farmers’ markets, you really shouldn’t just pick them up and put them back down again.  Next time bring some home; they are way more versatile than you think and a … Continue reading

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Bricks and tomatoes — just a part of the history of Prohibition

If you watched the Ken Burns “Prohibition” series on PBS, you probably noticed that most of the bootleg alcohol people drank in the U.S. during those years was hard liquor rather than wine. As a confirmed wino, I felt a … Continue reading

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Buying Wine Online in Maryland — Your Chance to Be Heard

Update on last Friday’s hearings at the end of this post. You know I try to stay (relatively) apolitical in this blog.  But there are two important hearings in the Maryland legislature tomorrow (March 4) on bills that would allow … Continue reading

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A French-American Thanksgiving Leftover Mash-up

Ah, the detritus of Thanksgiving – the carcasses, the mess, the clash of traditions – and that’s just the guest dynamics!  Then there are the food leftovers. To some, the leftovers look just as good as the meal.  I’m not one … Continue reading

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The Guide Hachette and an ode to lobster rolls

[Before I start this post, I want to let you know about our first vine tasting at Biagio Fine Chocolate on Thursday, September 16, from 6-9 pm.   Click here for more info.] One of the things I like to say … Continue reading

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Pink is the new wine

Every time we do a wine tasting I’m amazed how many people don’t want to try rosés.  No one has yet run away screaming, but the wrinkling of noses and furrowing of brows is unmistakable, even when they’re politely saying … Continue reading

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